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Achilles Tendon Repair
Evolution of Achilles Tendon Repair
Success of an achilles tendon repair relies on securing the ruptured ends of the tendon back together. This has traditionally been accomplished by making a large incision to expose the entire damaged section of the tendon (i.e. an “open” approach) and then sewing (i.e. suturing) the two ends back together.
There exists a large variety of suture material that has been used for this procedure. Suture material generally exists in two forms, absorbable and non-absorbable, both of which have been used for achilles tendon repair.
Non-absorbable suture is most often utilized in this setting as it has demonstrated superior load-to-failure strength compared to absorbable suture. There also exists a large variety of techniques for securing the two ends of the suture together.